Q&A Blog

Have a question that involves one of Vintage Archery products or how our products will benefit your quest for increased FOC, EFOC or UEFOC? If you do and do not find a answer to your question on these pages drop us a line. We will do our best to help.

We get calls and email questions almost daily and we do our best to answer them all. We find a lot of these discussions could be of benefit to others so we decided to create this blog. If one person has a question others probably have the same question or could get some benefit from the dialog.

This is not a open forum. Questions should be related to our products and how they will benefit your arrow and hunting experience. We do wish to encourage those developing a new arrow or trying to improve their present set-up to seek out answers to their questions, and we will respond with an answer. If we feel it necessary we will seek answers from experts more qualified to answer.

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Q&A on FLETCHING

  • Broadheads for a 65#Longbow for Deer and Elk I would like to try your broadheads on an efoc arrow setup and am wondering about your recommendation. I am shooting a 65lb longbow. I hunt mule deer and elk in Utah, and would love to go on a moose hunt. ...
  • Straight Fletching vs. Helical I have really enjoyed your arrow tuning instructions on EFOC & UFOC arrows by Troy Breeding. Also the attached presentation from Dr. Ed Ashby is a great addition. For a long time, I have been a big fan of heavy broadheads ...

Q&A on FOOTINGS

  • Footings and Tuning a MeatHead to 70#Bowtech BTX I am trying to build my arrows and tips using the High FOC school of thought taught by Ashby. I had some questions about products I should purchase that will work with my shafts. I will be shooting a 70lb ...
  • Broadheads for a 65#Longbow for Deer and Elk I would like to try your broadheads on an efoc arrow setup and am wondering about your recommendation. I am shooting a 65lb longbow. I hunt mule deer and elk in Utah, and would love to go on a moose hunt. ...
  • Matching Point weight to Arrow Shaft Hi, I wanted to try your broadheads after reading David Petersen’s book “Going Trad” I am not quite sure what broadhead and adapter combo I need though.  I currently found a carbon express maxima hunter 450 arrow with 300 spine at 32 ...
  • 225 TuffHead with Victory VAP I am currently looking for a new single bevel broadhead and the 225gr Tuffhead caught my attention.  It looks like a great design, with phenomenal mechanical advantage, but having never seen one in person I have a few questions.  First ...
  • Adding a Footing Question Hi I would like to add footing to my arrow for two reasons . Increase spine and strengthen weak area on shaft.  I was just wandering does the footing need to be overhanging end of arrow rest or can the ...
  • What about a Lighter Stronger Adapter-Insert? Your 11/32 Glue on adapter and insert combo” ïs a brass adapter? Is there a way to get this type glue on adapter and insert combo in a stronger metal like your stainless steel or titanium metals? The challenge for some ...
  • Brass or Aluminum Inserts? I have a question about which insert to use in my current “Ashby arrow build” project. I have a dozen Gold Tip Kinetic XT 200 shafts (.204” ID and .281” OD) that I’m leaving at their 30” length. These come ...
  • Opinions on Inserts for the Strongest Setup I have a question about which insert to use in my current “Ashby arrow build” project. I have a dozen Gold Tip Kinetic XT 200 shafts (.204” ID and .281” OD) that I’m leaving at their 30” length. These come ...
  • Joining Adapters and Field Points I received my order a while ago, all seem like great products. Am soon going to tune my new setup, powerful enough to handle 800grs range arrows. I ordered 300grs brass field points and the adapter test kit for this purpose, ...
  • Footings for FMJ I Shoot Easton .300 FMJ arrows, do you have a footing that Fits that arrow?

Q&A on POINTS

  • A Discussion of the Tanto Tip A discussion happened on Tradgang.com on the TuffHead and the Tanto tip. You may find it interesting and informative. http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=150936
  • Broadheads for a 65#Longbow for Deer and Elk I would like to try your broadheads on an efoc arrow setup and am wondering about your recommendation. I am shooting a 65lb longbow. I hunt mule deer and elk in Utah, and would love to go on a moose hunt. ...
  • Point Weight for Deer and Hogs Say I shoot traditional tackle,  Hill Style longbows in the low 50# weights.  From what I gather these bows appear to like heavy arrows. What broadhead to you recommend for harvesting deer and hog size quarry? Thanks & Regards, Jim M, Houston, TX ———— Jim….all ...
  • New Trad Archer Arrow/Broadhead Combination Question I am new to archery, having purchased a 45# Bear Grizzly. I live in Iowa and after years of chasing whitetails during our black powder season want to hunt the bow season. I thought I had a pretty good set up, ...
  • Water Buffalo FMJ shafts and Tuffheads What are your thoughts on the Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game arrow and the HIT attachment system. I switched from Grizzly Stiks recently, which I like,  but the accuracy I am getting from FMJs is impressive, but I’m sure you ...
  • Holding an Edge – Which is Best? Do the carbon “Meatheads” hold an edge as good as the SS Tuffheads? Several guys have told me carbon steel can’t be beat,but I’m thinking the grade of SS you use in your Tuffheads would make them hold the best ...
  • Flight Characteristics of Different Blade Profiles Hi Joe, I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciate how much work Ed has done in this field. I am just curious if you or Ed has done any testing on the flight characteristics of different blade profiles for single edge BH
  • Prepping the Points Before Mounting Do you clean the broadhead and insert with a solvent before bonding together and if so, what kind of solvent?
  • Best Glue to Attach TuffHeads What is the best glue to bond the inserts into the broadheads?
  • TuffHead Color Are the 225 gr TuffHead broadheads the same color as the 300 gr?
  • TuffHead Dimensions Are dimensions of the 225 gr and 300 gr the same? if so, what is the difference in the metal thickness? Jo

Q&A on SHAFTS

  • Tapering Wood Shafts to Reach EFOC I’ve been shooting a hickory longbow with poplar arrows. I matched them to grainweight about 675 grains with both 125 standard glue on field points of the two blade Zwickey broadheads. Unfortunately my entire setup was stolen from my vehicle ...
  • Broadheads for a 65#Longbow for Deer and Elk I would like to try your broadheads on an efoc arrow setup and am wondering about your recommendation. I am shooting a 65lb longbow. I hunt mule deer and elk in Utah, and would love to go on a moose hunt. ...
  • 225 TuffHead with Victory VAP I am currently looking for a new single bevel broadhead and the 225gr Tuffhead caught my attention.  It looks like a great design, with phenomenal mechanical advantage, but having never seen one in person I have a few questions.  First ...
  • New Arrow on 55# Bow I am a brand new hunter looking to get into hunting elk in the backcountry. I have decided to shoot a traditional bow (recurve). I came across Dr. Ashby’s articles regarding FOC, and I’m willing to jump in head first. Clearly, I’m ...
  • Water Buffalo FMJ shafts and Tuffheads What are your thoughts on the Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game arrow and the HIT attachment system. I switched from Grizzly Stiks recently, which I like,  but the accuracy I am getting from FMJs is impressive, but I’m sure you ...

Q&A on SHARPENING

  • A Discussion of the Tanto Tip A discussion happened on Tradgang.com on the TuffHead and the Tanto tip. You may find it interesting and informative. http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=150936
  • Holding an Edge – Which is Best? Do the carbon “Meatheads” hold an edge as good as the SS Tuffheads? Several guys have told me carbon steel can’t be beat,but I’m thinking the grade of SS you use in your Tuffheads would make them hold the best ...
  • Hunt Ready? Do the Tuffheads come ready to hunt razor sharp? What method to you recommend using to sharpen them? I see you sell KME Stephen C.
  • Sharpening the TuffHead to 25.5 Degrees Joe, You posted a reply recently on Tradbow in response to a query titled “Why 25 1/2 degree angle of cut?”, that I started. I have a personal questions of follow up for you, not related to the thread, so contacting ...

Q&A on TUNING

  • Footings and Tuning a MeatHead to 70#Bowtech BTX I am trying to build my arrows and tips using the High FOC school of thought taught by Ashby. I had some questions about products I should purchase that will work with my shafts. I will be shooting a 70lb ...
  • Broadheads for a 65#Longbow for Deer and Elk I would like to try your broadheads on an efoc arrow setup and am wondering about your recommendation. I am shooting a 65lb longbow. I hunt mule deer and elk in Utah, and would love to go on a moose hunt. ...
  • Matching Point weight to Arrow Shaft Hi, I wanted to try your broadheads after reading David Petersen’s book “Going Trad” I am not quite sure what broadhead and adapter combo I need though.  I currently found a carbon express maxima hunter 450 arrow with 300 spine at 32 ...
  • Point Weight for Deer and Hogs Say I shoot traditional tackle,  Hill Style longbows in the low 50# weights.  From what I gather these bows appear to like heavy arrows. What broadhead to you recommend for harvesting deer and hog size quarry? Thanks & Regards, Jim M, Houston, TX ———— Jim….all ...
  • Seeking UEFOC with a 50-55# Bow Are guys having luck with the Maxima Reds in lighter weight bows? I shoot 50#@27″ cut close to center. I like to shoot an arrow between 28.5 and 29.5″. I’d like to build some ufoc arrows between 550 and 600 ...
  • New Trad Archer Arrow/Broadhead Combination Question I am new to archery, having purchased a 45# Bear Grizzly. I live in Iowa and after years of chasing whitetails during our black powder season want to hunt the bow season. I thought I had a pretty good set up, ...
  • New Arrow on 55# Bow I am a brand new hunter looking to get into hunting elk in the backcountry. I have decided to shoot a traditional bow (recurve). I came across Dr. Ashby’s articles regarding FOC, and I’m willing to jump in head first. Clearly, I’m ...
  • Arrow flight during the bareshaft tuning My question is in regards to arrow flight during the bareshaft tuning process. I have been experimenting with a new bow and have noticed that although my arrows impact correctly and where I aim at 20 yards, the arrow tail seems to whip left in ...
  • Adding a Footing Question Hi I would like to add footing to my arrow for two reasons . Increase spine and strengthen weak area on shaft.  I was just wandering does the footing need to be overhanging end of arrow rest or can the ...
  • 70# Compound and FOC Arrows I used to hunt with a recurve but do to time constraints. I have switched back to my compound. Do you have any information on adding weight to compound arrows and flight patterns. Can I use the same principle I ...
  • Building an Effective FOC Arrow I am new to traditional archery, and as you can imagine, I am clueless! The Ashby studies have me set on achieving the most FOC possible. I am shooting a 50# bear Montana with a 29.5 inch draw. I have ...
  • VAP shafts @ 70# setup > Hi, > > I’m using VAP shafts with inside diameter of 0.166″, and I would like to use tuffhead broadhead with combined tip weight of around 300 grains. Which parts should I purchase? > > And what spine should I use? I’m pulling ...
  • Can’t make arrows show weak? Joe I can’t make any arrows show weak spine? I’ve read the article on bare shaft tuning, and I’m stumped. I have a bow that is confounding everything in the article. I have a horse bow, 50lbs @ 31 inches ...
  • Trouble with Nock High Hello, You seem like you are the EFOC arrow experts. I was hoping you could help me out. I am having trouble tuning my new arrows. I am shooting an 29″ easton axis 400’s with 370 grains up front (broadhead + ...
  • Determining Your Best Arrow/Bow Setup Hello my name is JG . I’m wanting to get some Tuffheads in 225 grain with the Brass 75 grain glue on adaptors and I also want to foot my arrows . My arrows are  Easton Traditional 400 series shafts ...
  • Basic Setup I’m new to hunting so I don’t know a great deal yet, I’ve watched all of the Dr Ashby video’s on broadheads and arrows which was fascinating. I’ve only been hunting once so far and that was for goats. I will ...

Q&A on OTHER TOPICS

  • Tapering Wood Shafts to Reach EFOC I’ve been shooting a hickory longbow with poplar arrows. I matched them to grainweight about 675 grains with both 125 standard glue on field points of the two blade Zwickey broadheads. Unfortunately my entire setup was stolen from my vehicle ...
  • Footings and Tuning a MeatHead to 70#Bowtech BTX I am trying to build my arrows and tips using the High FOC school of thought taught by Ashby. I had some questions about products I should purchase that will work with my shafts. I will be shooting a 70lb ...
  • A Discussion of the Tanto Tip A discussion happened on Tradgang.com on the TuffHead and the Tanto tip. You may find it interesting and informative. http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=150936
  • Broadheads for a 65#Longbow for Deer and Elk I would like to try your broadheads on an efoc arrow setup and am wondering about your recommendation. I am shooting a 65lb longbow. I hunt mule deer and elk in Utah, and would love to go on a moose hunt. ...
  • Matching Point weight to Arrow Shaft Hi, I wanted to try your broadheads after reading David Petersen’s book “Going Trad” I am not quite sure what broadhead and adapter combo I need though.  I currently found a carbon express maxima hunter 450 arrow with 300 spine at 32 ...
  • 225 TuffHead with Victory VAP I am currently looking for a new single bevel broadhead and the 225gr Tuffhead caught my attention.  It looks like a great design, with phenomenal mechanical advantage, but having never seen one in person I have a few questions.  First ...
  • Point Weight for Deer and Hogs Say I shoot traditional tackle,  Hill Style longbows in the low 50# weights.  From what I gather these bows appear to like heavy arrows. What broadhead to you recommend for harvesting deer and hog size quarry? Thanks & Regards, Jim M, Houston, TX ———— Jim….all ...
  • Seeking UEFOC with a 50-55# Bow Are guys having luck with the Maxima Reds in lighter weight bows? I shoot 50#@27″ cut close to center. I like to shoot an arrow between 28.5 and 29.5″. I’d like to build some ufoc arrows between 550 and 600 ...
  • New Trad Archer Arrow/Broadhead Combination Question I am new to archery, having purchased a 45# Bear Grizzly. I live in Iowa and after years of chasing whitetails during our black powder season want to hunt the bow season. I thought I had a pretty good set up, ...
  • New Arrow on 55# Bow I am a brand new hunter looking to get into hunting elk in the backcountry. I have decided to shoot a traditional bow (recurve). I came across Dr. Ashby’s articles regarding FOC, and I’m willing to jump in head first. Clearly, I’m ...
  • Arrow flight during the bareshaft tuning My question is in regards to arrow flight during the bareshaft tuning process. I have been experimenting with a new bow and have noticed that although my arrows impact correctly and where I aim at 20 yards, the arrow tail seems to whip left in ...
  • Adding a Footing Question Hi I would like to add footing to my arrow for two reasons . Increase spine and strengthen weak area on shaft.  I was just wandering does the footing need to be overhanging end of arrow rest or can the ...
  • Water Buffalo FMJ shafts and Tuffheads What are your thoughts on the Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game arrow and the HIT attachment system. I switched from Grizzly Stiks recently, which I like,  but the accuracy I am getting from FMJs is impressive, but I’m sure you ...
  • Compound Bows and Higher FOC Here are  links to Extreme FOC. They are both rather long, 40 and 34 pages respectively. They should be of interest to compound shooters. Take a look at them and see what you think. – Ed Ashby http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1097703 http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1685182
  • Holding an Edge – Which is Best? Do the carbon “Meatheads” hold an edge as good as the SS Tuffheads? Several guys have told me carbon steel can’t be beat,but I’m thinking the grade of SS you use in your Tuffheads would make them hold the best ...
  • 70# Compound and FOC Arrows I used to hunt with a recurve but do to time constraints. I have switched back to my compound. Do you have any information on adding weight to compound arrows and flight patterns. Can I use the same principle I ...
  • Building an Effective FOC Arrow I am new to traditional archery, and as you can imagine, I am clueless! The Ashby studies have me set on achieving the most FOC possible. I am shooting a 50# bear Montana with a 29.5 inch draw. I have ...
  • What about a Lighter Stronger Adapter-Insert? Your 11/32 Glue on adapter and insert combo” ïs a brass adapter? Is there a way to get this type glue on adapter and insert combo in a stronger metal like your stainless steel or titanium metals? The challenge for some ...
  • Flight Characteristics of Different Blade Profiles Hi Joe, I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciate how much work Ed has done in this field. I am just curious if you or Ed has done any testing on the flight characteristics of different blade profiles for single edge BH
  • VAP shafts @ 70# setup > Hi, > > I’m using VAP shafts with inside diameter of 0.166″, and I would like to use tuffhead broadhead with combined tip weight of around 300 grains. Which parts should I purchase? > > And what spine should I use? I’m pulling ...